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Birth Date10-28-1986
Height6' 1"
Weight230 lbs
Age32 years, 11 months, 19 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2009 NYN 22 17 59 17 2 1 0 4 5 0 1 0 .321 .356 .396 90 -0.6 -1.0 -2.5 -0.1
2010 NYN 23 73 227 56 7 1 3 24 25 1 1 0 .277 .357 .366 101 0.7 1.1 -1.5 1.0
2011 NYN 24 114 386 91 17 0 3 38 47 4 0 2 .268 .345 .344 92 -2.9 -3.0 5.8 1.7
2012 NYN 25 104 354 75 15 0 1 27 50 1 0 0 .234 .294 .290 67 -13.1 1.3 10.9 1.5
2013 TOR 26 45 135 21 3 1 1 12 25 1 0 0 .175 .256 .242 72 -4.1 0.4 0.8 0.3
2014 TOR 27 57 150 33 4 0 0 14 25 0 0 3 .248 .320 .278 80 -3.1 -1.2 4.0 0.6
2015 TOR 28 18 52 10 2 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 .204 .250 .245 81 -1.0 0.1 1.8 0.4
2016 TOR 29 50 136 20 3 0 1 13 28 1 0 0 .169 .254 .220 69 -4.7 -1.3 7.9 0.8
Career47814993235339135214825.242.313.30682-28.8-3.627.16.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 KNG Rk APL 36 110 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2007 SAV A SAL 117 458 .257 .333 .384 .310 96 -1.1 13.6 -7.1 113 0 -3.5 -1.3 7.7 0.9
2008 SLU A+ FSL 111 402 .252 .325 .370 .325 98 15.4 11.9 2.6 137 0 -2.4 -5.5 9.9 1.6
2009 NYN MLB NL 17 59 .268 .332 .413 .340 96 0.8 1.7 1 90 12 -2.5 -1.0 -0.6 -0.1
2009 BIN AA EAS 103 442 .253 .329 .370 .357 98 15.9 12.4 6 137 0 0.8 -2.1 17.1 3.6
2010 NYN MLB NL 73 227 .250 .313 .392 .305 88 0.8 6.3 3.5 101 13 -1.5 1.1 0.7 1.0
2010 BUF AAA INT 48 191 .266 .334 .414 .302 105 0.8 5.8 3.5 114 0 4.9 -1.3 3.2 1.5
2011 NYN MLB NL 114 386 .252 .314 .391 .300 96 -1.5 10.4 6 92 10 5.8 -3.0 -2.9 1.7
2012 NYN MLB NL 104 354 .258 .319 .408 .273 97 -18.3 9.7 5.7 67 10 10.9 1.3 -13.1 1.5
2012 BUF AAA INT 2 5 .282 .333 .430 .200 105 -0.7 0.1 0.1 71 0 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0
2013 TOR MLB AL 45 135 .258 .319 .403 .213 100 -9 3.6 1.9 72 15 0.8 0.4 -4.1 0.3
2013 BUF AAA INT 41 167 .257 .324 .390 .345 104 5.9 4.8 2.3 136 0 0.0 -2.2 4.1 0.9
2014 TOR MLB AL 57 150 .253 .313 .385 .306 103 -4.9 3.9 2.2 80 9 4.0 -1.2 -3.1 0.6
2015 TOR MLB AL 18 52 .255 .308 .414 .250 109 -4.4 1.4 0.9 81 8 1.8 0.1 -1.0 0.4
2015 BUF AAA INT 45 170 .261 .325 .366 .264 92 -3.3 4.7 2.9 93 0 10.9 -1.6 -3.7 1.3
2016 TOR MLB AL 50 136 .262 .322 .431 .209 109 -11.5 3.8 2.3 69 12 7.9 -1.3 -4.7 0.8
2018 ERI AA EAS 21 76 .249 .330 .384 .275 101 -1.8 2.2 1.3 71 0 -2.8 0.4 -2.1 -0.1
2019 TUL AA TEX 22 74 .253 .316 .395 .380 103 0.5 2.0 1.1 129 0 -1.3 -0.8 1.9 0.3
2019 OKL AAA PCL 25 90 .269 .345 .451 .255 96 -3.3 3.1 1.8 71 0 -6.0 -0.7 -6.4 -0.7
2019 SLC AAA PCL 25 103 .285 .360 .498 .317 110 -2.9 3.4 2.1 80 0 1.4 -0.5 -4.2 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 KNG Rk APL 110 98 13 23 4 0 1 30 12 7 25 1 1 .235 .306 .306 .071 0 0
2007 SAV A SAL 458 389 46 104 17 0 0 121 36 61 57 4 4 .267 .369 .311 .044 4 4
2008 SLU A+ FSL 402 347 49 104 25 2 5 148 56 45 38 2 1 .300 .385 .427 .127 1 1
2009 NYN MLB NL 59 53 2 17 2 1 0 21 9 4 5 1 0 .321 .356 .396 .075 2 0
2009 BIN AA EAS 442 384 48 126 29 2 1 162 46 42 34 8 4 .328 .402 .422 .094 1 1
2010 NYN MLB NL 227 202 17 56 7 1 3 74 17 24 25 1 0 .277 .357 .366 .089 0 0
2010 BUF AAA INT 191 165 20 44 19 1 2 71 17 22 25 0 0 .267 .354 .430 .164 1 1
2011 NYN MLB NL 386 340 22 91 17 0 3 117 40 38 47 0 2 .268 .345 .344 .076 3 1
2012 NYN MLB NL 354 321 24 75 15 0 1 93 21 27 50 0 0 .234 .294 .290 .056 1 4
2012 BUF AAA INT 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .000 0 0
2013 TOR MLB AL 135 120 11 21 3 1 1 29 8 12 25 0 0 .175 .256 .242 .067 0 2
2013 BUF AAA INT 167 149 18 48 5 1 7 76 31 14 25 0 1 .322 .383 .510 .188 2 0
2014 TOR MLB AL 150 133 11 33 4 0 0 37 7 14 25 0 3 .248 .320 .278 .030 0
2015 TOR MLB AL 52 49 5 10 2 0 0 12 2 3 9 0 0 .204 .250 .245 .041 0 0
2015 BUF AAA INT 170 149 12 34 5 0 0 39 17 20 20 0 0 .228 .320 .262 .034 0 1
2016 TOR MLB AL 136 118 7 20 3 0 1 26 7 13 28 0 0 .169 .254 .220 .051 2 2
2018 ERI AA EAS 76 63 11 15 1 0 1 19 10 8 14 1 0 .238 .320 .302 .063 3 1
2019 OKL AAA PCL 90 74 8 15 2 0 1 20 4 14 19 0 0 .203 .333 .270 .068 1 0
2019 SLC AAA PCL 103 87 10 21 5 0 2 32 12 16 25 1 0 .241 .359 .368 .126 0 0
2019 TUL AA TEX 74 65 7 19 3 0 0 22 10 7 16 0 0 .292 .365 .338 .046 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2009 218 0.5505 0.3853 0.9048 0.5250 0.2143 0.9524 0.7619 0.0952 -0.0029
2010 868 0.5196 0.4147 0.8806 0.5809 0.2350 0.9504 0.6939 0.1194 -0.0074
2011 1447 0.5073 0.4292 0.8680 0.5967 0.2567 0.9041 0.7814 0.1320 -0.0054
2012 1337 0.5273 0.4540 0.8435 0.6085 0.2816 0.8834 0.7472 0.1565 0.0009
2013 551 0.5136 0.4265 0.8468 0.6254 0.2164 0.8927 0.7069 0.1532 0.0001
2014 615 0.5187 0.4455 0.8285 0.5987 0.2804 0.8901 0.6867 0.1715 -0.0030
2015 194 0.5155 0.4330 0.7738 0.5200 0.3404 0.9038 0.5625 0.2262 0.0046
2016 544 0.5184 0.4283 0.8197 0.6170 0.2252 0.8908 0.6102 0.1803 0.0000
Career57740.51850.43260.85170.59660.25610.90420.71890.1483-0.0025

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-08 2012-06-01 15-DL 24 22 - Head Concussion Player Collision At Home Plate Admits To Three Possible Concussions - -
2011-09-02 2011-09-04 DTD 2 2 Left Wrist Contusion Foul Ball - -
2011-06-14 2011-06-14 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion HBP -
2009-07-01 2009-07-18 Minors 17 0 Left Thumb Dislocation Thumb -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $
2018 ARI $
2017 ARI $
2016 TOR $800,000
2015 TOR $1,750,000
2014 TOR $1,250,000
2013 TOR $1,250,000
2012 NYN $498,920
2011 NYN $420,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$5,968,920
6 yrTotal$5,968,920

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 165 dExcel Sports1 year (2019)

Details
  • 1 year (2019). Signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/23/19 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.6M in majors. May opt out of contract 7/1/19 if not on Major League roster. Acquired by LA Angels in trade from LA Dodgers 7/12/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/9/18 (minor-league contract). Released by Arizona 3/18/18. Signed by Detroit as a free agent 6/23/18 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/25/17 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2016). Re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/4/15. DFA by Toronto 8/29/16. Elected free agency 8/30/16. Re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 8/31/16. Elected free agency 11/18/16.
  • 2 years/$2.5M (2013-14), plus 2015 club option. Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). 13:$1.25M, 14:$1.25M, 15: $1.75M club option. Toronto exercised 2015 option 11/1/14. Non-tendered by Toronto 12/2/15.
  • 1 year/$498,920 (2012). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/12. Acquired by Toronto in trade from NY Mets 12/17/12.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/10/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by NY Mets 9/1/09.
  • Drafted by NY Mets 2005 (13-389) (Mater Dei HS, Breese, Ill.).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 388 42 89 16 1 9 42 33 82 1 0 .257 .327 .387 91 16.0 C 3, 1B 0 2.0
80o 367 37 79 14 1 8 38 29 79 0 0 .240 .306 .362 82 10.0 C 3, 1B 0 1.3
70o 351 34 74 13 1 8 35 27 77 0 0 .234 .299 .358 76 6.0 C 3, 1B 0 0.9
60o 338 32 68 12 1 7 33 25 75 0 0 .223 .287 .338 71 2.9 C 3, 1B 0 0.6
50o 325 30 64 11 1 7 31 23 74 0 0 .218 .280 .333 66 0.1 C 3, 1B 0 0.3
40o 312 28 58 10 1 6 29 21 72 0 0 .204 .262 .310 61 -2.4 C 3, 1B 0 0.0
30o 299 26 54 9 1 6 27 20 70 0 0 .199 .257 .305 55 -4.9 C 3, 1B 0 -0.2
20o 283 23 49 9 1 5 24 18 67 0 0 .189 .246 .290 49 -7.5 C 3, 1B 0 -0.5
10o 262 20 41 7 1 4 21 15 63 0 0 .171 .224 .258 40 -10.6 C 3, 1B 0 -0.8
Weighted Mean3293165111731247400.218.281.332671.1C 3, 1B 00.4

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Picture this: Dickey deserves to make (and possibly start) the ASG. However, none of the presumed NL all-star catchers have experience catching a knuckler. Dickey lobbies to have Josh Thole added to roster as his "personal catcher". Request is turned down because now ... "the game counts" and Thole is not worthy of a spot on the roster. Comments?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Personally, I want Zack Greinke to start the All-Star Game just because it's in Kansas City. Others, like Dickey, are more likely candidates though.

As for the scenario, it's interesting. I can see it being a possibility, complete with Thole not making it. And I wouldn't be too saddened by it. Catchers may not be used to catching the knuckler, but I bet they can if necessary (especially for 2 innings). the more important consideration, though, is what La Russa thinks about catchers catching the knuckler. I bet he'd be happy to give Yadier Molina that chance. If Brian McCann is the starter though, he might think differently... (Larry Granillo)
2012-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Josh Thole is off to a blistering start. Is there any chance that he will add power to his game?
(Steve N from Delaware)
No, I don't see it. Power is reputed to be the last tool to develop (though I tend to vote for either "wisdom" or "perspicacity"), but Thole's already 25 and nobody has ever projected him to hit for power. If he goes deep ten times this year, drop me a line and I'll send you a prize, so long as I can find a shipping box that can hold perspicacity. (Ken Funck)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the following four catchers in a 16 team Strat-O-Matic league where you can keep a guy forever if you like. Which do you like long term: Chris Iannetta, Ryan Hanigan, Josh Thole, Jason Castro? I'd love to have a stronger catcher, but that's not a possibility until next year's draft.
(jhardman from Strat-O-Matic land)
Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to play a strat-o-matic league before, so I'm not sure how all the specifics work, like how catcher defense is factored in. Hitting wise in regular roto terms, I like Iannetta the best. (Derek Carty)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two pitching questions: 1) What are the chances of Bumgarner finding that missing velocity? 2) Jenrry Mejia, 8th inning or Triple A? And Happy St Pat's
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Happy St. Pat's to you too, especially when it's such a gloriously beautiful day (here in Chicago, at least). I think Bumgarner's going to be fine, and would refer you to some of the things Kevin Goldstein has said about how, last year, he'd been allowed to throw too much between games, and that was the problem. I'd love to see Mejia stick around, in part because he'd be another guy to count among those story-changing youngsters that the organization does have almost ready. However, like Josh Thole, I can see taking their time and easing him in later on this season. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you a believer in Josh Thole? He cant be worse than Schneider and Santos, right?
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
If that's your litmus test in me believing in him, then yet. Not a great defender, but can hit. Best comp I've heard from a scout is Darrin Fletcher. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2007 afx .000 0.0 501 -.001 0.1 9 .038 -.006 -0.2 -0.1 -3.5
2008 afa .000 0.0 2853 -.001 0.6 69 .036 -.009 -1.2 -0.6 -2.4
2009 mlb -.009 -1.2 534 .007 -1.1 6 -.001 -.001 0.0 -1.9 -2.5
2009 aax .000 0.0 3937 -.001 0.8 74 .015 -.001 -0.6 -0.3 0.8
2010 mlb -.007 -3.3 2062 .001 -0.7 25 -.039 -.004 0.6 -4.3 -1.5
2010 aaa .012 6.6 2044 .000 0.2 43 .025 -.002 -0.7 5.3 4.9
2011 mlb .003 2.7 3893 -.001 1.7 69 .000 .002 0.0 3.7 5.8
2012 mlb .011 8.1 3780 -.002 2.6 67 .030 .000 -1.2 9.2 10.9
2012 aaa -.001 0.0 38 .000 0.0 1 .013 .000 0.0 0.4 0.0
2013 aaa .000 0.2 1519 -.001 0.3 38 .028 .000 -0.7 -0.7 0.0
2013 mlb .004 1.0 1342 -.002 0.7 28 .011 .009 -0.2 1.2 0.8
2014 mlb .011 3.6 1720 -.002 0.9 24 .043 .002 -0.6 3.9 4.0
2015 aaa .023 10.6 1748 -.001 0.3 28 .008 -.001 -0.1 10.6 10.9
2015 mlb .008 0.9 551 -.007 1.0 5 .030 -.002 -0.1 1.8 1.8
2016 mlb .016 5.6 1723 -.007 2.6 22 .016 .003 -0.2 7.7 7.9
2018 aax -.011 -2.6 59 .000 0.0 20 .015 -.002 -0.2 -2.8 -2.8
2019 aaa -.009 -5.2 108 .001 0.0 37 -.002 .000 0.0 -5.3 -4.6
2019 aax .001 0.3 150 .001 0.0 19 .099 .000 -1.2 -1.0 -1.3

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